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Evolution

Friday, June 18, 2010

Studio 360 puts evolution to the test. On the Origin of Species is 150 years old, but the work of Charles Darwin remains as influential as ever. Darwin's descendant, Ruth Padel, writes poems about her famous relative. Spencer Wells gathers DNA around the world to determine where we came from. An amateur paleontologist finds a way to believe in both God and the fossil record. Plus the world premiere of a short science fiction story by Lydia Millet, imagining the downside of messing too much with genes.

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Bonus Track: More From Holmes

Friday, May 21, 2010

Holmes talks about Humphrey Davy's experiments with nitrous oxide, a.k.a. "laughing gas," and its effects on Samuel Coleridge and Mark Roget.

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The Age of Wonder

Friday, May 21, 2010

In his book, The Age of Wonder, Richard Holmes describes the major breakthroughs in astronomy, anthropology, and physics in late 18th and early 19th century Britain. Holmes calls the era an "age of romantic science" - when the poets and scientists inspired each other's work.

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Warming Oceans, Threatened Cities

Friday, April 16, 2010

If there's one climate change scientists are sure of, it's that sea levels are rising - and coastal cities are in their way. In a new exhibit up at New York's Museum of Modern Art, teams of architects envision radical approaches to the problem. Studio 360's ...

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Eco Art

Friday, April 09, 2010

Photographer Brandon Ballengée hunts for frogs with extra legs and missing eyes. Andrea Polli translates hurricane data into soundscapes. By seeking out these (sometimes bizarre) ecological phenomena, they hope to bring environmentalism to new audiences. Produced by Studio 360's Trey Kay.

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Green Rockers

Friday, April 09, 2010

Corn-based shrink wrap on the CDs, biofuel buses, recycling riders, organic hair spray: this is the greening of rock n' roll. Sarah Lemanczyk talked to the indie rock band Cloud Cult, which manages its carbon footprint and has fun at the same time.

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Paved Paradise

Friday, April 09, 2010

Joni Mitchell's song, "Big Yellow Taxi," from 1970, is the closest thing we’ve ever had to an environmental anthem. Mitchell told Reese Erlich why she’s bothered by "green" hypocrisy.

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William McDonough

Friday, April 09, 2010

William McDonough is a grand old man in the young field of green architecture. In the 1970s, he built the first "green roof" in America - a corporate headquarters with a meadow on top - and now works on green projects all over the world.

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Coney Island Sunshine

Friday, April 09, 2010

The New York subway system has one of the best environmental designs of recent years: Coney Island's Stillwell Avenue terminal, one block from the Atlantic Ocean, is topped by a state-of-the-art photovoltaic glass roof. Kurt checked it out with architect Greg Kiss.

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Cal-Earth

Friday, April 09, 2010

In Hesperia, California, architect Nader Khalili created a housing movement for the future. Khalili, who passed away in March 2008, prototyped his dome-shaped adobes on a commission from NASA for a lunar colony. Then he realized that his "superadobes" could take root on Earth. Studio 360's

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Bacteria Biofuel

Friday, April 09, 2010

Frances Arnold is a biochemical engineer at Cal Tech working on one part of the energy crisis. In a process called "directed evolution," Arnold's team is altering the genetic codes of bacteria to evolve a strain of organisms than can digest grass and excrete biofuel.

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Power Cart

Friday, April 09, 2010

Mouna Andraos is an artist and web designer who's been fascinated by street vendors since her childhood in Lebanon. She created a working portable generator that uses a crank and a solar cell to charge cell phones and laptops, and even run small appliances.

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Birdsong

Friday, March 19, 2010

Indie band Shearwater plays the South by Southwest festival this week. Lead singer Jonathan Meiburg - an ornithologist by training – explains how his passion for birds and islands shaped the band's new record: The Golden Archipelago. Produced by

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Windows to the Soul

Friday, March 19, 2010

Science is looking for ways to better understand an autistic person's perception of the world. Using laser technology, Ami Klin and Warren Jones of the Yale School of Medicine screened "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and tracked the gazes of autistic viewers precisely, to study how ...

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Blythe Corbett

Friday, March 19, 2010

Autism researcher Blythe Corbett explores the connection between autism and creativity. She addresses the controversies surrounding autism, including the debunked link to vaccinations and the emerging neurodiversity movement among adults, which says that autism isn't worse - just different.

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On the Spectrum

Friday, March 19, 2010

Jonathan Mitchell is a writer from Los Angeles. He wrote a novel about his life experience with Asperger's syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder. Independent producer Tamar Brott met Mitchell in a writing class a few years ago.

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Life on Mars

Friday, March 12, 2010

Though President Obama has spoken of a new commitment to NASA, getting humans to Mars still looks a long way off. Undeterred, a group of scientists and engineers created the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah to simulate life on the red planet. We sent reporter

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Propelled to Paint

Friday, January 22, 2010

Early in his career, Ed Belbruno was an astronomer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and he had a radical idea about getting to the moon. Today he's more interested in moving the people who come to see his paintings. Produced by Mike ...

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Arctic in Residence

Friday, January 15, 2010

A few months ago, an international group of scientists and artists set sail for the Arctic. They were bound for a group of frozen Norwegian islands halfway between the top of continental Europe and the North Pole. KCRW's Matt Holzman joined the adventure.

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The Science of Time Travel

Friday, January 01, 2010

David Goldberg teaches physics at Drexel University. In A User's Guide to the Universe, he explains how time travel might be possible. He tells Kurt why the skeptics are wrong: "It's certainly within the realm of what we know about how the universe works."  

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